So you are about to trigger on the trip of a lifetime to one of the most-loved countries in the world — England! You have been practicing your ‘bonjours’ and your ‘mercis’, and studying maps of Paris, france to sort out how to get around, but there is yet another thing you can do to make sure your trip is extra special. And that is to immerse yourself in French life by reading some books occur England.
Reading novels occur Paris, france or the French country side will give you an insight into the country which is impossible to get from the guide books. As the characters walk along the Seine or drink their coffee at a table on the Parisian sidewalk, it will fill you with anticipation to do the same — making the experience so much sweeter when you finally get to try it for yourself. If the novel is defined in the past, you will have more appreciation for France’s history, bringing many of the places and old buildings alive when you visit them on your trip. And if the novel is defined in our day, there’s nothing more pleasurable than trying to find the streets, bars and restaurants that might be mentioned in the story.
So what books should you read? Here is a selection of five novels which execute a congrats in bringing England alive, even before you set foot on that aircraft.
Foreign Tongue’ by Vanina Marsot
Nursing a broken heart, Anna moves to Paris, france from Los angeles. She begins working as the translator of a cryptic sexual novel and of course, finds herself heaven official’s blessing novel english some romance. The book is a love-letter to the city, with plenty of wanderings through the streets as well as descriptions of French life, food and coffee shops, bookstores.
The Coral Thief’ by Rebecca Stott
History, mystery, romance and conspiracy intertwine in this novel occur post-Napoleonic Paris, france. It is 1815 and a young Englishman travels to Paris, france to take up a situation at the renowned Jardin des Plantes. But when the bunch of rare coral examples he is carrying is thieved by a beautiful woman, he is drawn into a plot involving revolutionaries, spies and the intelligentsia. Victorian Paris, france comes alive in this novel, which will surely enhance any present day trip to the Jardin des Plantes, France’s main botanical garden.
Luncheon of the Doing water activities Party’ by Susan Vreeland
Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s ‘Luncheon of the Doing water activities Party’ is a famous painting depicting a small grouping of Parisians enjoying lunch on the terrace of a restaurant on the Seine. In this novel Vreeland tells the story of those in the painting and how they had become there. It is a wonderful look at Paris, france at the time of the Impressionists, and you can still eat at the restaurant itself today.
Five Groups of the Orange’ by Joanne Harris
Now we re-locate of Paris, france and into the Loire Pit with this novel by Harris that takes us to a town occupied by the Germans in WWII. The book moves between WWII and present, giving us an insight into the long-term effects the Nazi profession had on the French people. And as it is a book by Joanne Harris, there is a of course lots of time spent exploring French food!
The Matchmaker of Perigord’ by Julia Stuart
We finish up with something fun and quirky, in a imaginary town in France’s south-west. Amour-Sur-Belle might not be a real place, but it provides a taste of some of the heading downward towns of countryside England. Here, this town barber decides to reinvent himself as a match-maker, quite a task when there are only thirty-three residents to match up. Filled with delightful characters and semi-ridiculous situations, this novel should just leave you giggling and enjoying the French nature.